Being gluten free is the practice of avoiding foods that contain gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Going gluten-free doesn’t mean having to sacrifice flavor or nutrition; there are many delicious food options that are naturally gluten-free, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, rice, legumes, nuts, seeds, and many types of dairy. It is important to remember that even if a food does not contain wheat, barley, or rye, it might still contain gluten, so it’s important to always read the labels of packaged foods. Going gluten-free can have wonderful health benefits for people who have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance, or simply a sensitivity to wheat. Many people who go gluten-free report improved digestion, more regular bowel movements, improved energy levels, fewer bloating and skin issues, and overall increased wellness. If you’re considering going gluten-free, the best place to start is with a visit to your doctor to determine if there’s a medical need for a diet change.
Try this as your next healthier meal option to serve up for you and your loved ones:
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 small onion, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 cups chicken broth
– 2 cups Brussels sprouts, shredded
– 2 tablespoons lemon juice
– Salt and black pepper, to taste
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and lightly browned (about 5 minutes).
2. Add quinoa and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover pan. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
3. Remove from heat and stir in Brussels sprouts and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.